Jul 17, 2007 6:32pm
Re: 66 for a change (11-19)
Since no one's mentioned it yet, I find this in my notes for 11-19, including a pretty exuberant review:
The Pigpen Show, essentially: lots of blues, including songs rarely played and organ solos. They'd been together a little under a year. Sound quality nice. Performance excellent but not awe-inspiring.
Cold Rain And Snow [3:05] ;
Hi-Heel Sneakers [4:07] ;
Pain In My Heart [2:52] ;
Beat It On Down The Line [2:24] ;
Cream Puff War [7:27] ;
Same Thing [9:59] ;
He Was A Friend Of Mine [4:32]
Dancin' In The Street [5:59# - missing]
Smokestack Lightnin' [8:41] >
King Bee [5:23] ;
Midnight Hour [18:09]
Reviewer: Dr. Bilvis - - February 14, 2006
Subject: Nehrus, Valiants, Freaks, and Flowers
This was it man, I mean, really it! The freaks were just about beginning to happen, and it was here! You're hearing it. This was one of the nights when the Fillmore was just beginning to be the Fillmore -- Bill Graham's Fillmore anyway; just a bunch of kids and odd intellectuals and wierd post-beatnik types tripping and the lights flashing and Bear is probably still on the boards, and his chemicals have altered the room. You can hear it here; I hear it now in the groove of "The Same Thing" -- in Jerry's crystalline, yet reverbing guitar, in the whine of Pig's organ, in the feedback, in the incessance of Billy and Phil, and Bobby melts into it all into the rave-ups. Wow, this is so groovy. It is embryonic but inspiring Dead at the groovy garagey incipience of the San Francisco scene. The Summer of Love is months and months away, and by then the Dead are moving on. This night captures all of this vibe so well. So much is good: "Cream Puff War," "He Was a Friend," "The Same Thing," almost everything; rare cuts too; Primal Pigpen. How can this not be a 5. It's historical and brilliant in its own way. It's not fair to rate it otherwise. And the sound is damn good too -- quite amazing for such a deep archival moment.
Deadlists.com contains a long discussion of how individual cuts from this night ended up mislabled and distributed on various other tapes.